Your Wakeup Call: Diabetes AlertDay®

By Sophia Kroon

Your Wakeup Call: Diabetes AlertDay®, everyone is encouraged to take a simple, one-minute test on Facebook to help assess their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

This free test (in English or Spanish) can be found on Facebook, www.stopdiabetes.com or by calling 1-800-DIABETES.  Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round, as are preventative tips and other information for individuals and the workplace.

Diabetes is bigger than you think

To put the problem in perspective, consider this… 26 million children and adults in this country struggle with diabetes — and 7 million of them don’t even know they have it.  In addition, one in three American adults has prediabetes and is at serious risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease—and only after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its worst complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

 

 Diabetes testing supplies include glucose meters, lancets, and test strips. Diabetes testing supplies include glucose meters, lancets, and test strips.

 

People who are overweight, live a sedentary lifestyle, are over the age of 45, and/or have a family history of the disease are at higher risk, as are certain ethnic groups (particularly African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders).

Tools for glycemic control

Many tools are available online through Kindred’s Glycemic Control Program to improve outcomes for patients with elevated blood glucose, whether they have diabetes or not. The Basal Bolus Insulin Therapy program combines long- and short-acting insulin that more closely mimics the body’s natural day-and-evening insulin cycles. The program is safe, improves glycemic control and provides other associated benefits such as shorter length of hospital stay, fewer complications, lower infection rates and even decreased mortality.

 

Interested in learning more about Kindred's Diabetes Care Program?  Click here.

The Mayo Clinic showcases sample diabetes testing supplies.Diabetes testing supplies include glucose meters, lancets, and test strips.